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The Victoria Pier lighthouse, named Light Stitch, was created by Leah Pendleton, who took inspiration from Fair Isle patterns and the Shetland flag for her design. Photo: Courtesy of Lerwick Port Authority

THREE lighthouse sculptures are appearing in Shetland as part of an interactive trail organised by cancer support charity CLAN.

One of the sculptures was installed at Victoria Pier on Friday ahead of the trail, which features 50 lighthouses across the north of Scotland, formally launching on Monday.

The other Shetland sculptures will be located at Sumburgh and Scalloway, while there will also be eight ‘little lights’.

The Victoria Pier lighthouse, named Light Stitch, was created by Leah Pendleton, who took inspiration from Fair Isle patterns and the Shetland flag for her design.

It is sponsored by Lerwick Port Authority.

Port chief executive Calum Grains said: “We are proud to be a lighthouse sponsor for the ‘Light the North’ project, helping to raise funds for CLAN Cancer Support.

“CLAN is a vital link for Shetland, providing much support for islanders during their treatment. We would encourage as many as possible to visit the sculptures and look out for other lighthouses when they are visiting Orkney and the Scottish mainland.”

Running alongside the campaign is a ‘Little Lights’ educational project which the port authority is supporting in partnership with Bell’s Brae Primary School.

The lighthouse trail is due to run until 17 October, and the sculptures will be auctioned off in November to raise money for CLAN.

In the meantime a ‘Light the North’ trail app has been available for download since Friday with users able to claim rewards for visiting each lighthouse.

The port authority is encouraging adults to tag #lerwickharbour #lightstitch in their photos to be in with a chance to win a giveaway.

Children can claim a reward by completing a quiz sheet from the authority, which was created by Bell’s Brae Primary School pupils.